Ex-Blue Jays pitcher Paul Quantrill recalls a shining moment on the diamond
Former pitcher Paul Quantrill's best day?
"The day I was called up to the Red Sox," Quantrill said, referring to July 18, 1992.
"I was with (triple-A) Pawtucket and we were in Syracuse. Mom drove in for the series. We went for lunch, walked around and mom dropped me at the team hotel. My roommate, Brian Conroy, packed all my things. First, I thought he was busting my chops. I missed two flights. Missing a third meant spending the night.
"I had a layover in Pittsburgh, flew to Minneapolis, checked into the hotel and went to the park early the next day. I didn't pitch. Next night I got the win in K.C.
"After a scoreless sixth I struck out Gregg Jefferies and George Brett and gave up a liner which almost killed Wade Boggs, nearly took his head off. I thought "this game's easy.
"A week later Brett hit a home run off me at Fenway that would be still travelling if it hadn't hit something.
"In 1994 the Phillies sent me down a days before the strike so I could start. Syracuse had Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green. It was easier pitching in the big leagues than facing Syracuse."